Meet Lifebox, a goal-setting, memory-making app coming to BlackBerry 10

By Simon Sage on 3 Dec 2012 11:04 am EST
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Lifebox 365 was one of the finalists competing in the JamHack Asia competition, which yours truly helped judge. We caught up with the devs at BlackBerry Jam Asia to get a closer look at their life goal tracking app for BlackBerry 10. The idea is really quite unique as far as task management apps go.

Users set big goals, such as renovating the basement, losing 20 pounds, or simply raising a puppy. As they work towards those goals users take pictures and record audio which are then piled onto a timeline. Users can then flip back and forth through this progression line of content with a scrollbar. Those goals can then be shared out to social networks and marked complete when finished. The main angle for Lifebox according to the devs is that happiness isn't in reaching goals but rather the journey you take along the way.

At first I thought that angle was a little hoaky, but the more I think about it, I can easily imagine people eagerly creating long timelines documenting important memories. Being able to quickly realize just how far you've come with a particular project can be particularly rewarding and motivating.

Best of all, Lifebox is going to be free when it launches alongside BlackBerry 10 in January, with a premium upgrade option for unlimited cloud storage of goals. The dev also mentioned the possibility of highly targeted ads for stuff like life coaches and self-help books, which would be a perfectly natural fit.

What do you guys think? Is this something you would use, or are there comparable memory-showcasing apps out there that you prefer?

Reader comments

Meet Lifebox, a goal-setting, memory-making app coming to BlackBerry 10

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As a project manager / site designer, this will simplify tracking project records. Also create for traveling.

Wow, that looks great. Fun idea too! I love the way how fluid everything was. And yes indeed.. how awesome it's going to have a free version!

I bet there are lots of folks that never bothered using an app to memorialize their "creating a baby" happy moments. Think of how great the record keeping will be!

Seriously, though, looks very cool, wonder if this is the type of app that will be in the special $1000/$10,000 deal?

Great little app. Nice idea and very well implemented.

It was great to see BB10 in action and look so amazingly fast and smooth. The developer was fair whizzing through those screens and there wasn't a single laggy moment. Nice!

It is actually an app I would use. Im currently in the final stages of building my house and would have loved to have this app to show its progress. I have photos from day one and currently trying to do a movie of the progress, but this app would have been much better and easier to use.

I would actually pay for this app.. I don't want the ads that would come with the free version.

Big Shoutout to RIM for all their efforts supporting developers, all the Jamhacks, port-a-thons, and BBJAM sessions. Because of them we're not only going to have Android and iOS apps, but apps exclusive to BB10 and many of them. I'm sure there's many more apps out there with this type of creativity and the efforts to make the platform successful won't just stop after BB10 launches.

That's an awesome idea for an app! Capturing your kids growing up couldn't get easier. Love App! That will be one of the first apps I download once I pick up my BB10 phone on February 1.. :)

#BB10Believe!

I want this app ! Please implement cloud based backup/restore. Make it so that people can transfer their data when changed their BB10 device. SD card or Cloud based backup/restore option would be very cool. I would use this app more than facebook and twitter if they release it.

This is an app that I DO want!

Agreed with another poster on here... you can charge a little for it, I'll still pay for it without ads.

I want this app for working out and showing my results!!

More features I want to see: add the ability to stitch together photos in a "tile" format, with subtitles on each tile, showing the date and/or a message. Then have the ability to upload this onto facebook or whatever social networking you want to display it on.

Cloud-based backup is also important; remember, sometimes we get unlucky and lose our phones.

I've added this to my "BB10 list of apps" to download as soon as I get my hands on a BB10!

I can't remember the last time I was so envious... watching him breeze through that BB10 interface was satisfying yet infuriating at the same time... In the words of certain girl from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"... Giv it to meeeee.... Noooowwwww!

I don't usually use those types of apps because I have difficulty setting goals. I must say though, THAT LOOKS TO BE ONE HELL OF A GREAT APP!!!! :)

Think this is the 1st I think, love it very very much, they need to push this ap, would go a long way.